Department of Family Services – Older Adults

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
703-324-7948 TTY 711
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035
Trina Mayhan-Webb

May is Older Americans and Adult Abuse Prevention Month

Aging Unbound

Older Americans and Adult Abuse Prevention Month 2023

Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May and is a time for us to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends, and strengthen our commitment to honoring older adults in our community.

This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging experiences and to promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age. 

May is also Adult Abuse Prevention Month. Adult Protective Services investigates reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults and our goal is to protect older adults and incapacitated adults. Reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation can be made by calling 703-324-7450. Reports can be filed for people who live alone, with relatives or who are residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, or group homes. Learn more about Adult Protective Services.

Older Americans and Adult Abuse Prevention Month
2023 Proclamation 

WHEREAS, every May we recognize Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme of “Aging Unbound,” provides an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences, discuss how communities can combat stereotypes and promote flexible thinking about aging, and consider how we all benefit when older adults remain engaged, independent and included; and

WHEREAS, Older Americans Month is an opportunity to celebrate the strength of older adults and the aging network in Fairfax County, with special emphasis on aging in place so older adults can stay in their homes and live independently in their communities for as long as possible; and

WHEREAS, May is also Adult Abuse Prevention Month in the Commonwealth and, while recognizing the vitality of the county’s older adults, we must also recognize that vulnerable older adults need protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation; and

WHEREAS, Fairfax County has many resources for older adults who want to age in place in the county, and for older adults, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities through the Aging, Disability, and Caregiver Resources Line; NOW THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does hereby proclaim the month of May 2023 as

Older Americans and Adult Abuse Prevention Month

in Fairfax County and urges all residents to recognize the contributions made to the community by older adults and to be alert for the symptoms of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Board of Supervisors Older Americans and Adult Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

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